Gerald Byron Alley was born in Pine, Bluff Arkansas, on September 30, 1952. He was the youngest of five children. At the early age of four years old, Gerald began his formal education. He attended public and black private schools in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. At the age of sixteen, he enrolled in the College of Business at The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a major in Finance. In 1973, he graduated and was recruited by a major retail corporation for their Management Executive Training Program in Dallas, TX for Sanger Harris.
Alley is the founder and CEO of Con-Real, LP, the leading African-American-owned construction and real estate firm in Texas, as well as in the southwest United States. He credits his success to the legacy of his parents, Troy and Gladys Alley. In 1934, his father founded one of the first black businesses in Pine Bluff-Arkansas, The Alley “ESSO” Service Station. The service station was located across from what is now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and remained in business until the 1980s. His mother taught at Philander Smith College and served in many community organizations. His parents were a great inspiration to him. Together, they challenged him to obtain quality education and to be a steadfast entrepreneur.
In 1974, he was accepted and awarded a scholarship in the Graduate MBA program at Southern Methodist University. Alley founded Con-Real in 1979 with one project, one desk, and one assistant. He was immediately joined by his brother and partner Troy Alley. The company now has offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Francisco, and Little Rock, and performs a wide array of real estate and construction services for many Fortune 500 corporations nationwide. The company has also been recognized by numerous Public organizations at the Federal, State, and Local levels as a leader and trailblazer in entrepreneurship. Con-Real was established with a mission to change the perception of African-American owned businesses in the Construction and Real Estate industry.
His entrepreneur spirit has expanded to other related firms, including The Alley Group (TAG), a nationwide program solution provider organization, and Bravado LP, a real estate and hospitality development/ownership firm. Through his vision, these entities have made remarkable growth and progress for over four decades. Alley, a multi- talented individual, has been active in numerous capacities in the community as well. He serves as the co-founder of the Gerald and Candace Alley Family Foundation, which supports many organizations to help educational needs of underprivileged students from the Kindergarten levels through Higher Education. He also is a major sponsor and supporter of the Alley Scholars program, founded by his brother Troy, which has provided scholarships for over 300 students in several states. Gerald has served on several community and business boards, many of which he has received many honors and accolades.
Gerald Alley describes his greatest joy as spending time and sharing memories with his family and friends. Mr. Alley is married to Dr. Candace P. Alley, and they have three children: Gina, Stephanie, and Byron.